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MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology

The George Washington University's Master of Science in Health Sciences in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program helps to prepare professionals to fill managerial positions in blood banks, blood donor centers, or other laboratory settings. Learn more about this MSHS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Health Sciences in Immunohematology and Biotechnology

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

An aspiring student of the MSHS in in Immunohematology and Biotechnology must be nationally certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), Medical Technologist (MT), or Blood Banking Technologist/Specialist. In addition, they must hold a bachelor's degree and possess at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. An academic background in biology would be beneficial. All applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What are current molecular technologies and how are they used in the area of medicine? What role does genomics play in human disease? Which approaches and principles of laboratory management are effective in clinical labs? These topics are among those that are likely to be discussed in the online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program at The George Washington University. Students could also expect to learn more about DNA molecular mechanisms, such as replication and repair, aspects of hereditary and molecular genetics, biostatistical concepts in translational research, and ethics in research. A seminar in immunohematology addresses blood bank regulations, ethical and legal issues in transfusion medicine, blood product research, and blood bank practice guidelines. All students complete a comprehensive, mentored project in which they draw on techniques and concepts studied throughout the program.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

35 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Health Sciences in Immunohematology and Biotechnology:

A total of nine courses and a capstone project along with three elective courses must be completed to earn this MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology degree. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact The George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (26 credits)

  • Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Independent Study for Health Professionals
  • Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations
  • Seminar in Immunohematology
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity
  • Current Topics in MLS
  • Capstone Project

Elective Courses (9 credits)

  • Students select three of the following courses:
    • Topics in Healthcare Leadership
    • Issues and Trends in Health Systems
    • Research Methods for Health Professionals I
    • Research Methods for Health Professionals II
    • Microbial Pathogenesis
    • Molecular Pathology
    • Education and Assessment in MLS

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

For managerial purposes, the MSHS - Immunohematology and Biotechnology program could be adequate to meet qualifications in many related healthcare settings; however, those who wish to pursue postsecondary teaching or administration careers would typically need a doctorate. Doctoral degree programs could provide more in-depth studies in pathogensis, genetics, cell biology, and pharmacology.

Examples of some of the doctoral degrees graduates might pursue include:

  • PhD in Biotechnology
  • PhD in Molecular Biology
  • PhD in Biomedical Physiology and Immunotherapy

Career Paths:

Graduates of the MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program might be prepared to apply their managerial skills and clinical knowledge to supervisory or technical positions in the field. They might oversee lab operations or perform specimen collecting and testing in blood banks, transfusion centers, blood donor centers, community health centers, or medical research labs.

Roles that graduates could fill include:

  • Transfusion medicine scientist
  • Biotechnology research associate
  • Blood bank laboratory manager
  • Blood banking laboratory supervisor